Mizzou's Michael Porter Jr. to miss third straight game, will see 'specialist'


Missouri freshman Michael Porter Jr. will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing lower back surgery.

At Nathan Hale, the 6-foot-10 forward played for former Portland Trail Blazers guard Brandon Roy.

A five-star recruit, Porter's father, Michael Porter Sr., also attended Missouri.

Porter averaged 36.2 points and 13.6 rebounds per game as a senior in high school in Washington, and he was a McDonald's All-American after signing with Missouri.

Porter will undergo a microdiscectomy of the L3-L4 spinal discs on Tuesday, with the recovery time expected to be three to four months.

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Michael is expected to make a complete recovery, and the Mizzou Men's Basketball program wishes Michael the best during this process.

But Porter has such a unique skill set that it was going to be extremely hard to gameplan for this team.

"Our top priority as a program is the well-being of our student-athletes, so Michael beginning this process to be 100% healthy is important to all of us", Tigers head coach Cuonzo Martin said in a statement. We will continue to work every day to build Mizzou Basketball into a program to be proud of.

The Tigers were scheduled to fly Tuesday to Orlando, Fla., for the Advocare Invitational, where they begin play Thursday against Long Beach State. "I'm thankful for all the kind words and messages I've received from fans".